The Chocolate Dream

The dream was to turn the original 'Chocolate Dreams' poem into a children's picture book like no other. But the challenge was going to be illustrating these unique chocolatey rhymes in a unique chocolatey way and after a lot of searching and deliberating, I came up with an imaginative and audacious plan to illustrate these evocative rhymes using real chocolate.

Illustrating a book was something I'd never done before and the greenness with which I approached the task definitely encouraged a certain level of freedom. However, there's something to be said about challenging yourself to do something you've never done before, especially in a way you didn't even know was possible. Your naivety becomes your greatest asset, because instead of seeing barriers and limitations you become more creative than ever before as you search for solutions and ideas.

With that in mind, I approached the blank canvas and in December 2010 on a warm summer night, with Wolfmother setting the mood, I put chocolate on paper. I was super stoked, but I had no idea what was to come.

Lets face it, I spent most of the night eating the chocolate, not painting with it.

Lets face it, I spent most of the night eating the chocolate, not painting with it.